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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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Unexpected Adventure

The wife and I stopped here during a freak blizzard as we were driving south. Was a great stop with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Fantastic Visit

We had such a great time here. The kids absolutely loved dressing up in the kids HQ. Impressive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hayley M
via mobile
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State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
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+64 6-387 6911
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A TripAdvisor Member
Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The wife and I stopped here during a freak blizzard as we were driving south. Was a great stop with lots of history to see. Worth the visit and doesn't take too long to see it all. If your in the area it's worth stopping...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great time here. The kids absolutely loved dressing up in the kids HQ. Impressive displays and friendly staff!

Thank Hayley M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We try and have plenty of activities for the kids to do.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great day. Needed far more time to read all the incredibly detailed and informative boards. Was great to see an SLR in its broken down form. Great memories for me as it was the same model as I used in marksman competitions. Such...More

Thank keithmegkai1
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for your feedback.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really good museum and it has really good displays and it is very interesting to read. The shop is a great place to find good fiction and nonfiction books on the wars NZ has been in. The only thing s the price, but it is...More

Thank SamuelCase
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your visit. The Museum is a Registered Charitable Trust and the revenue from admissions is put back into the museum to pay for exhibits, educational programmes and the care of the objects in our collection. We appreciate...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While The National Army Museum is predominantly showing the European side of New Zealand's Military history there is quite a bit of Māori history I saw in the structure and the way the Army worked, If you can allow 3 or more hours to look...More

Thank Macca M
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive words, it means a lot to the staff who work here.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Don't order hot food from the cafe , it takes forever to get it. Stop here regularly while traveling and the cafe staff are always slow But the Museum is of a very high standardMore

Thank ScottWetherall
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and sorry to hear of your poor Cafe experience. The Cafe is an important part of our museum experience and whilst we outsource this function to a separate company we strive to work hard together to deliver an excellent product and...More

Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

I recommend you plan to stop at the National Army Museum in Waiouru on your drive through the centre of the North Island. The exhibits are engaging and it is very sobering to consider the hardship and deprivation that our defence personnel have endured to...More

Thank Kiwitraveller502011
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review.

Reviewed April 11, 2017

The staff were incredible - Knowledgable and friendly. Really good exhibits ranging from the Boer war, to WWI and WWII. Great array of equipment and exhibits to highlight what the brave NZ lads have been up to, throughout the past 100 years. Kiwis have been...More

Thank Zappafan5797
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback.

Reviewed April 11, 2017

This is a great travel through time with the NZ Army, great displays and lots to learn. The new addition of the cafe and store are very nice.

Thank KiwiantzUSA
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

We are also building a new entryway which will incorporate a large new temporary gallery space due to open in July 2017.

Reviewed April 5, 2017

Many travellers will pass through Waioru without planning to visit this fascinating museum. It has a clean and well managed cafe as well, so if you are on your travels it is worth dropping in for a flat white etc. However, it would be a...More

Thank John H
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments.

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